Kathy Pfiffner grew up in a tiny town in eastern Iowa, so small towns are near and dear to her heart.
Pfiffner recently took over as the executive director at the Mid-Iowa Development Association Council of Governments. Her first day on the job was Sept. 3.
MIDAS is an agency created to assist counties and communities with various governmental needs. It covers the six-county region of Calhoun, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Webster and Wright counties and is headquartered in Fort Dodge.
Pfiffner has a deep background in working for governmental agencies. She worked for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development division in Iowa for 14 years. In 2016, she moved to New Mexico to serve as the USDA Rural Development’s community programs director for that state for two years. She then moved to Washington, D.C., to take a special projects coordinator position with the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service division before moving onto working for the Environmental Protection Agency in financing water and sewer systems under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act.
Then the Midwest started pulling her back.
“I’m from Iowa originally and while I did like working in Washington, D.C., I liked having the hands-on work with the local communities, so I was wanting to get back to my roots and get back to that sort of stuff,” Pfiffner said.
One of the things Pfiffner put at the top of her priorities list when she took the helm at MIDAS was making sure she visits every single municipality in the six-county region.